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APRIL 15, 2010

OHS baseball team seniors (l to r) are: back row, Michael Welch, Trevor Bansemer, Paul Turley, Adam Wilson, and Nick Pomponio; front row, Ricky Breeden, and Zac Carter.

OHS Baseball Senior Night is Friday

   The Orofino High School Baseball team will be recognizing their graduating seniors on Friday, April 16 when the Maniacs play Grangeville. Games are scheduled to begin with the J.V. team at 4:15 p.m. and Varsity immediately following.

   The seven seniors leaving OHS this year are Michael Welch, Nick Pomponio, Ricky Breeden, Adam Wilson, Trevor Bansemer, Zac Carter, and Paul Turley.

   Michael Welch is the son of Frank and Connie Welch and Tony and Nicolle Wilson. He has played high school baseball all four years at the shortstop position and will also pitch this year. Michael was a nominee for the North Idaho Male Athlete of the Year Award. After graduation, Michael plans to attend college and play baseball. He would like to thank all his family, friends and beautiful girlfriend, Meghan, for supporting him.

   Nick Pomponio is the son of Rich and Denise Pomponio. He has played high school baseball for all four years as DH and first baseman. After graduation, Nick plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College. Nick would especially like to thank his dad for all the years of coaching and for pushing him to “work hard.” He also thanks his mom for her support, his baseball coaches, Coach Snyder, and his grandparents, Tia and Dee for supporting baseball and attending all his games.

   Ricky Breeden is the son of Jaylene Breeden. He is a fourth year player as third baseman/pitcher. After graduation Ricky plans to attend Blue Mountain Community College and play baseball. Ricky thanks coaches Card, Cummings, Wright and Snyder as well as his dad, mom, and best friend Paul.

   Adam Wilson is the son of Lisa Wilson and Jeff Wilson. He is a fourth year player as second baseman and a valedictorian for the class of 2010. After graduation Adam plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College. Adam thanks his dad for all the hours of practice over the years.

   Trevor Bansemer is the son of Valerie and David Bansemer. He has played high school baseball for four years as a pitcher and outfielder and is a valedictorian for the graduating class of 2010. After graduation Trevor plans to attend Sacramento State University to study criminal justice/law. Trevor wants to thank his mom, dad and all his coaches for supporting him.

   Zac Carter is the son of Cheri Carter and Ron Carter. He has played high school baseball for all four years as a third baseman. After graduation Zac plans to become an anesthesiologist. Zac would like to thank his mother and all his family for supporting him. He also thanks coaches Cummings, Wright and Card “for the laughs in the dugout.”

   Paul Turley is the son of Don and Paula Turley. He has played high school baseball for three years as a first-baseman and outfielder. After graduation Paul plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College. A standout moment in baseball for Paul was watching Ryan’s slide into home this year. He would like to thank his parents, siblings Donny, Mary and Sam, girlfriend Sarah, and all his friends for supporting him.

   When asked about their favorite moments and memories in baseball, the seniors made various comments about coaches Cummings, Card and Wright. They talked about how they have become like a family with some of the boys having played together for the last 12 years, but they all agreed that winning the State 2A Baseball Championship on their home field in 2008 was something they’ll never forget.

   Coach Cummings had this to say to his senior players: “It is always difficult to see your seniors leave and you will be missed. I know whatever endeavors you take on you will take it on with pride and hard work. I give you my faith and love wherever you go.” Congratulations and best of luck, seniors!